Jose Carreras guest stars in Opera D'amore

Nadia Krasteva

Jose Carreras is set to guest star in the Opera D'amore show scheduled for 19 December in Sofia. “The great tenor will make an appearance at an unexpected time with an unexpected repertoire,” the organisers said. Given that Carreras has not taken part in opera shows in the past seven to eight years, his presence will be incorporated in an extremely interesting and never-before-seen way, the organisers explained.

“The project is entirely Bulgarian and its concept has won participants' approval across the board as it is a novel endeavour for the world of opera,” Zhivko Botev, manager of the production, commented.

Opera D'amore will also feature the star of the Metropolitan Opera Maria Guleghina and long-time La Scala legend Marco Berti. They will share the stage with their Bulgarian colleagues Nadia Krasteva, a world-renowned mezzosoprano, and Kiril Manolov, an established baritone.

The cast of the show also includes soprano Ilina Mihaylova and tenor Rosen Nenchev, who were part of the farewell concert given by Jose Carreras in Sofia on 11 May 2019. Nenchev specialised under the famous Spanish singer and attended three of his masterclasses. In the Bulgaria event, Carreras sang a duet with his student and another one with Mihaylova. The soprano immediately captivated the audience with her voice and artistic ability. The three singers closed the concert with the aria Libiamo ne' lieti calici from Verdi's La Traviata. This opera will also be performed at the concert next December in addition to Puccini's Tosca, Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Verdi's Rigoletto as well as works by Donizetti and Leoncavallo.

“Mixing this type of art with modern technology opens up unlimited opportunities for scenes that are so romantic and beautiful,” Botev said. He revealed that the soloists will inhabit a “real virtual world” covering 250 sq m (2,690 sq ft). There will be a storyteller on stage, who will speak in the language of the country where the show is being watched.

Completing the show's ambiance will be the Sofia Opera and Ballet's orchestra, choir and ballet under the conduction of David Gimenez. Following its Sofia date, Opera D'amore will head on a world tour that will include stops in Europe and Asia - Scotland, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Ukraine.

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